Giving effective feedback to a GP colleague

5th March 2020 by Rachel Birch

Giving effective feedback to a GP colleague

GP locums are in a challenging yet rewarding position, in that they frequently review patients that have been seen by other GPs. However, many GP locums may be concerned, if they were to come across a clinical error, what would be the most appropriate way to provide feedback to those GPs?

GP locums are often best placed to pick up on potential clinical errors in general practice. There are many reasons for this, and they could be regarded as a valuable safety net in patient care. They may be reviewing patients whose investigation or treatment has been started by another GP. As such, they may be a “fresh pair of eyes” and may pick up on a subtle difference that the treating GP may have overlooked. Not knowing the patient can sometimes be helpful, as GP locums may have to go back to the beginning to reassess the patient.

GP locums have lots to offer practices in terms of learning; working in different practices with different patient populations and ways of working can bring experience that it can often be helpful to share.

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Related FAQs

What’s the minimum number of GP sessions I can work in a year?

There is no consistently set minimum number of sessions you should work per year across the UK.

To remain on the performers list in England, you must be performing at least one session a year.

Structured reflective template (SRT) for appraisal

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But anyone in England/Wales working less than 40 sessions in the year of their appraisal will need to submit a ‘structured reflective template’ (SRT) with their appraisal to demonstrate their continued ability to provide safe care.

See NHS guidance “Supporting doctors who undertake a low volume of NHS General Practice clinical work


Toolkit | Feedback from practice to GP locum

Want to get some feedback from a practice? We’ve developed an online electronic locum feedback form to make this a lot easier.

Send this link to your practices 


See also

Feedback from GP locum to practice

Toolkit | Reference request form

Toolkit | ‘Exit’ feedback from GP locum to practice

Locums work in anything up to 40 different practices a year, and capturing feedback is a great way for practices to benefit from our wide range of experience and seeing everything with a fresh pair of eyes.

Constructive feedback from GP locum to a practice

See also

Feedback from practice to GP locum

Podcast on exit feedback surveys

Appraisal during Covid 19

Now that appraisals are back, we’ve adapted AoMRC’s helpful pdf guide into a Google Doc and Word template.

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